Richard Nielsen is an artist, painter, photographer and printmaker. With a background in lithography and etching, Nielsen's painting and photographic practice is informed by the expanded field of printmaking. Committed to offering printmaking opportunities to established and emerging artists, Nielsen's Los Angeles studio, Untitled Prints and Editions, has hosted guest artists from around the world. Nielsen has been a close collaborator with Lauren Bon and her Metabolic Studio since 2007.
Artist, painter, photographer, activist
Founding member & collaborator, Optics Division-Liminal Camera, (Lauren Bon's) Metabolic Studio
Born-August 10th, 1966/Vancouver BC. Canada
Lives and works in Los Angeles CA
2009-10 Santa Monica College/Thompson River School, General studies
Bachelors of Fine Art, Art history and printmaking
1984-88 Emily Carr College of Art and Design
Vancouver, BC Canada. Graduated with honors
2011 to present Founding member & collaborator. Optics Division-Liminal Camera, Metabolic Studio
2011 to present Untitled Prints & Editions. Owner, Artist, Mater printer
2009-11 Master printmaker VA/Strawberry flag Print Studios.
2008 to 2011 Resident artist to Lauren Bon’s Metabolic Studio, Farmlab and Chora council. Projects: Strawberry Flag, Veterans Hospital, West Los Angeles CA. Silver and Water, Owens Valley, CA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 "it’s your world for the moment" Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), Kennesaw, GA
2019 "Heavy Metal" DENK gallery Los Angeles
2019 Optics Division- The 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, "Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy: Mare Nostrum" Curated by Phong Bui and the Brooklyn Rail.
2017 Optics Division "Handmade!" Perspectives on Art and Craft in the Digital Era.
Photo LA 2017 – 26th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition
2016-17 "INFOCUS" Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix (TX)
2016 "Los Angeles Art Show" Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles (CA)
2015 Optics Division. "After the Aqueduct" four prints, Optics Division, LACE, Los Angeles Contemporay Exhibitions. Los Angeles. CA
2014 Optics Division. Chicago Humanities festival. Optics Division. Liminal Camera workshops Chicago Ill.
2013 Optics Division. Rencontres Arles Photographies. Featured exhibition runner up. Arles, France
2013 Optics Division. "Not Exactly Between home and where I find myself " Redline Gallery Denver Colorodo
2012 Optics Division. "Occupy This!" Katzen Arts Center. Washington DC
2010 Taller Experimental De Graphica, Havana Cuba
2010 Vermont Studios Residence Show. Johnston VT
2008 Los Angeles international Art Fair, Downtown Los Angeles
2008 Outpost Gallery Drawing Show, Altadena CA
2008 Chora Political Prints, Los Angeles /TJ Mexico, Casa De Tunnel Tijuana Mexico
2008 All that heaven allows, Bonelli fine arts. Chinatown, LA, CA
2007 Amazed, Phantom Galleries Beverly Hills, CA
2007 "show" curated by Heather Cantrell, Jail Los Angeles, CA
2006 "Small works", Berlin, Germany
2005 Figuring the Image, Washington Projects, LA, CA
2001 Drawing show, Black dragon arts, Chinatown LA, CA
2001 Bloodlines, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
2000 For example, Acuna Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998 The Gramercy International Fair With Stefan, Stux Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
1998 Invitational '98, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY
1995 New Painters, William Turner Gallery, Venice, CA
1991 Fresh Art, Catriona Jefferies Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1991 Headache, Catriona Jefferies Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1990 Dance Art, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1990 163 Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1990 Ism Ism, Smash Gallery Vancouver, BC
1989 Fax Show, Burnaby Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1988 High Rollers, Pitt International Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1988 Young Artist '88, Station Art Center, Vancouver, BC
1988 Educate, Perei Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Select Solo Exhibitions
2020 "This is not a gag, 2020 Covid portraits" MASS MoCA, West Adams, MA
2020 "Desiccated Capitol" Optic Division, Carl Berg & Cmay Los Angeles, CA
2020 "Dojo, recent painting" BRUCE Los Angeles Chinatown, CA
2019 "recent painted paintings" Lucas Reiner, Los Angele,s CA
2018 Optics Division "Hoosic: The Beyond Place" MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
2016 Optics Division "Liminal Camera: Drought" MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
2015 Optic Division, "Liminal Infrastructure" De Paul Museum of Art. Chicago IL
2015 Optics Division. "Liminal Portraits" Co-Prosperity Sphere. Chicago IL
2014 Optics Division. "Transforming Inert Landscape into Agency" Nevada Museum of Art Reno Nevada
2013 "AgH2O" Optics Division. VSW Rochester NY
2013 "AgH2O" Optic Division. George Eastman Museum. Rochester NY
2011 "Flag Tour" Optics Division. Hirshorn Museum Washington DC
2005 Matrushka Construction, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Cateriona Jefferies, Gallery Vancouver, BC
1992 Cateriona Jefferies, Gallery Vancouver, BC
1990 Cateriona Jefferies, Gallery Vancouver, BC
Selected Talks, Lectures, Reviews and Catalogs
2020 Art in Transit with Rich Nielsen & Denise Markonish. Brooklyn Rail, November 20,2020
2020 Huberdeau, Jennifee. "What would 2020 look like if you could paint its portrait? Artist Richard Nielsen dared to find out". The Berkshire Eagle. Nov 6, 2020.
2020 Molčan, Sára. "This is Not a Gag exhibition explores the blank canvas of masked selfies". Alumni Stories, Emily Carr University alumni association.
2018-ongoing. Exploritorium. San Francisco CA
2018 Optics Division "Wonders of Art and Science: A Day of Discovery" Conversation with Lawerence Weschler
2018 Optics Division. "Albequerquie Wonder Cabinet." Tamarind Institute
2018 Optics Division "Believer Festival." Las Vegas NV
2017 Optics Division "Handmade!" Analog Photography in the Digital Era” followed by
2016 Optics Division Vice News "Truck-Sized Pinhole Camera Captures the Great American Panorama."
"Photography: Art or Craft." – Conversation. Photo LA 2017 – 26th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition.
2015 Weschler, Lawrence; Greg Davis and The Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio "Liminal Infrastructure." Chicago: DePaul Art Museum.
2015 Fox, William L. "Waterworks: Metabolic Studio and Watershed Sculpture Rebuild the Desert." Sculpture. Vol. 34, No. 7. September.
2015 "The Metabolic Studio’s devices of wonder." Boom Interview by Jon Christensen.
Boom – A Journal of California. Volume 5 Number 2. Summer 2015.
2013 Optics Division Panel Discussion: "Back Through the Looking Glass". De Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
2013 KCET and Lauren Bon. KCET - Artbound Special Episode "AgH2O". KCET.
2013 Nordström, Alison; Fox, William L. and Bon, Lauren. AgH2O. Rochester: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film.
2013 Rafferty, Rebecca. Art Review: "Silver and Water". City Newspaper. 20 Feb. 2013
2013 Charland, Megan. "Riding Around in A Camera." George Eastman House blog. 28 Mar. 2013.
2013 Nordström, Alison. "Liminal Elements: A Shipping Container Becomes a Camera Obscura." KCET: Artbound. 2 Apr. 2013.
2013 Fox, William L. "De-silvering the Mirror: Mining for Film in the Owens Valley." KCET: Artbound. 24 Apr. 2013.
2013 Nordström, Alison. Lauren Bon – "Silver and Water." Les Rencontres Arles Photographies. Actes Sud 2013.
2011 Bon, Lauren & The Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio. "11.11.11." Metabolic Studio.
2011 Charland, Megan. Liminal Camera in ROC. Megan Charland online website. 25 Oct. 2011
2011 Suebsaeng, Asawin. "A Huge Flag and a Giant Camera for Veterans Day 2011." Mother Jones. November 11, 2011.
2007 Beyond Baroque "Truth etc" "sorry" illustrations.
2006 "Figuring the Image" Catalog by Washington Projects.
2001 Doug Harvey, Snap Shots, LA Weekly.
1992 Ann Rosenburge, Saturday Review, The Vancouver Sun.
1992 Archie Graham, Art Now, NorthShore News.
1991 Archie Graham, Deciding Authority, North shore News.
Awards and residencies
2019 Tamarind Institute. Albuquerque NM
2018-ongoing. Exploritorium. San Francisco CA
2013 AgH2O Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie - Noir et Blanc. Discovery Award Nominee. Arles, France
2011 Visual Studies Workshop Rochester NY
2011 New Leif Press, Printing internship
2010 Taller Experimental De Graphica, Havana Cuba, printmaking residence
2010 The Vermont Studio Center. Printmaking residence
2008 Anderson Ranch, 2-month residency. Scholarship
2008 Vermont Studio Center. Painting residence
2008 the Association of Icelandic Artists, (SIM), residencies program Reykjavik
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles (CA)
DePaul Art Museum (DPAM), Chicago (IL)
Center for Art + Environment Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada (NV)
Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester (NY)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles (CA)
New Jersey State Park Police, Trenton (NJ)
Creative Time, New York (NY)
Liberty State Park, Jersey City (NJ)
Trust for Governors Island, New York City (NY)
Millers Launch Inc., Staten Island (NY)
Mass Moca, North Adams (MA)